NOVEMBER 14, 1902


Born in Waialua, Hawaii, Pua was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium as a 17-year-old.  He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay.  A teammate on that squad was fellow Native Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku.  The relay team set a new world record of 10:04.4 in the event final.  Kealoha also received an individual silver medal for his second-place performance in the men’s 100-meter freestyle.  According to a member of the Kahanamoku family, Kealoha was the only person to swim unassisted from Molokai to O’ahu.  Pua was long a fixture at Laguna Beach, California, where he was a beachboy, diver, surfer, occasional movie actor, and ukelele player.  He died in San Francisco, on August 29, 1989.  

Source:  Wikipedia.
Photo:  Author unknown.  Date:  1920.  Public Domain in the US:  Pre-1/1/1925.  Public Domain elsewhere where copyright term is author’s life plus 70 years or less.

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